Author: Associated Press
It is rare for a woman in Malaysia to be sentenced to caning – a punishment
usually reserved for men in various crimes ranging from rape to bribery.
It is generally done by specially trained officials at prisons.
Part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was sentenced on Monday to six
lashes and a fine of 5,000 ringgit (£850) for consuming alcohol, said a
Shariah High Court official.
Consuming alcohol is a religious offence in Malaysia only for Muslims, who
make up nearly two-thirds of the population.
Offenders are prosecuted in Shariah courts, which handle cases mainly related
to family and moral issues for Muslims.
Shukarno plans to appeal the sentence, the New Straits Times reported.
The punishment “is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson
to Muslims,” the newspaper quoted Judge Abdul Rahman Yunus as saying.
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